Three people recently charged with trafficking opiate-based pills

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David Patrick Holmes
David Patrick Holmes

BRUNSWICK COUNTY — Three people were charged with trafficking opiate-based pills in Brunswick County this week.

On Thursday, Detectives with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office arrested 40-year-old David Patrick Holmes, of Durham Lane in Charlotte. He was charged with trafficking in opium or heroin, two counts of possession with intent to manufacture, selling or delivering a schedule II controlled substance and larceny from a person.

Holmes is charged with possessing 76 methadone pills and 30 pills of oxycodone that were the property of another woman, according to arrest warrants. The offense is alleged to have taken place on March 16. He was booked at the Brunswick County Detention Facility under a $132,000 secured bond.

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In a separate case, a man and woman were arrested on Wednesday, charged with conspiracy to traffic between 4 and 14 grams of opium.

Robert Austin Kelly, 45, of Dogwood Drive in Sunset Beach, was charged with possession of heroin, maintaining a vehicle or dwelling for a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, two counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule II controlled substance, two counts of trafficking in opium or heroin and two counts of conspiracy to traffic in opium or heroin.

According to arrest warrants, he is charged with keeping dihydrohydroxycodeinone (Oxycodone) at his Dogwood Drive residence, as well as a pill bottle and wax paper bindles. Arrest warrants state he is charged with illegally possessing 26 pills of oxycodone and 111 pills of hydromorphone, both considered schedule II substances in the state of North Carolina.

Robert Austin Kelly
Robert Austin Kelly
Niki Lee Stiltner
Niki Lee Stiltner

He is also charged with conspiracy to traffic between 4 and 14 grams of opium with two women, including 43-year-old Niki Lee Stiltner, another resident of the Dogwood Drive address.

Detectives have charged Stiltner with conspiracy to traffic in opium or heroin, maintaining a vehicle or dwelling, or place for a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule II controlled substance, and conspiracy to sell or deliver a schedule II controlled substance.

Kelly is booked at the Brunswick County jail under a $1 million secured bond and Stiltner is booked under a $100,000 secured bond.

The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office does investigate community tips about alleged drug activity. ITips about a crime in your area or information that could aid ongoing investigations can be submitted through the sheriff’s office website.

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